24 January 2017

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Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) With a cost of more than AFN 7,900,000 funded by National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) 14 public utility projects have been implemented in northern Panjshir province.
According to information of relation and publication department of MRRD to BNA, these development projects include the construction of water canals, water supplies networks and gravelling of rural roads that have been executed in different parts of Bazarak city the provincial capital of the province.
Approximately, 240 families in various communities have gained access to basic human needs upon completion of these projects.
During the implementation the mentioned projects work opportunities have been provided to 19752 skilled and unskilled workers for short time.
Since its inception in Panjshir province, the NSP has covered 84 villages and until now could to implement 27 development projects in different sectors across the province.
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At a cost of more than AFN 20,000,000 funded by National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) 43 public utility projects were recently completed in southern Zabul province.
According to information of relation and publication department of MRRD to BNA, these development projects include the reconstruction of water canals, cleaning of water supplies (Kariz) and gravelling of rural roads that have been completed in Qalat, Shinkai, Jaldak and Shah Joy districts of the province.
Approximately, 7,000 families in various communities have gained access to basic human needs upon completion of these projects.
During the implementation the mentioned projects work opportunities have been provided to 1665 skilled and unskilled workers in the districts.
Since its inception in Zabul province, the NSP has covered 260 villages and until now could to implement 75 development projects in different sectors across the province.
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Greenery and forests play important role in protection of environment and its beauty as well as play its role in the growth of the economy. With enjoying from green valleys, roaring rivers and drains, our country has its own importance.
The eastern and south-eastern regions are covering with green forests, but because of paying no attention by government, these forests are cutting wildly and are smuggling to other countries. Nooristan, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces are famous for having vast forests, but they are not protected how much is necessary and are cutting and smuggling to overseas. First, the people are demanded to keep this natural gift and then the government especially the National Environment Protection Authority should pay attention for safeguarding of forests. Economic experts believe that if the smuggling of timber be prevented and factories be established and government and non-government organs use it or be exported abroad, this causes employment be provided for unemployed from one hand and on the other economy gets strengthened. In these days, smuggling of timber is increased especially in Kunar, Nooristan and Paktia provinces. With cooperation of people, government should prevent cutting and smuggling of forests as timber and the ground be prepared for healthy use of the same inside of country. The government should expand its rule and sovereignty in those provinces that are enjoying from vast forest and prevent from its cutting and smuggling so that our environment and economy not to be harmed more.
Waqar Ahmad Momand
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the ministry for defense (MoD) assured the people of Afghanistan on taking necessary measures to better ensure security in spring.
Brig. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, the spokesperson to MoD said, ‘the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have already conducted many operations to defend armed insurgents’ threats and have taken necessary measures to properly maintain security in the country.’ He added that the Afghan security forces are capable enough and can successfully foil the enemies’ malicious designs. Furthermore, military operations are currently ongoing in troubled regions and we are making effort to exert further pressure on armed insurgents and don’t allow them to recruit fighters anymore, he went on to say. According to the security entities’ reports, tens of Taliban insurgents and other terrorist groups’ members are being killed and injured during operations in different provinces of the country each day, an action which is a great success to ANDSF.
Besides, the MoD officials have reported on killing and injuring 33 insurgents over the past days, adding totally 18 terrorists have been killed and 15 others wounded during joint operations conducted by air and ground forces. The operations have conducted in Kapisa, Uruzgan, Helmand, Kunduz and Faryab provinces, the officials continued.
At the same time, officials of the ministry for interior reported on conducting 1000 joint operations in three upcoming months by the Afghan National Security Forces, adding, they have exerted further pressures on terrorist groups. Seddiq Seddiqi, the spokesperson to the minister of interior said that 700 winter offensives have been launched throughout the country over the last one month, particularly in Kunduz, Uruzgan, Farah, Nangarhar, Helmand and Ghazni provinces. Calling conducting operations by MoI Special Forces important, Seddiqi added the moves have followed positive results so far. Meanwhile, a number of political and military experts told that over the last fifteen years, attention has not been paid to the Afghan security forces as it was expected. A political expert, Jawid Kohistani said, ‘what is very important is equipping and training of the Afghan security forces, because they still lack military weaponries in battlefields.’ A Kabul resident, Hashim said, ‘this winter is a good opportunity to the Afghan security forces to target the enemies in any parts of the country.’ This is while that however, the Afghan security forces have done much to ensure security throughout the country, but still a number of Northern provinces are seriously facing security threats.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) US new President Donald Trump who has officially assumed office, doesn’t have any specific plan on Afghanistan so far.
In an interview, the US president said his forces would soon leave Afghanistan, and the money spending on them, will be spent in US reconstruction.
But, recent reports suggest that the US new president has realized his view’s geopolitical harms and during talks with President Ashraf Ghani has reiterated his country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan. 
Deploying 300 US marines in Helmand province has proved that the US is committed to continue cooperation with Afghanistan in fighting terrorism. After widening insecurity in southern province of Helmand, the US decided to deploy 300 fresh-breath soldiers there. After oath-taking ceremony, President Trump has talked with US forces stationed in Bagram airport via phone. Mr. Trump and the US First Lady have thanked the US forces services and added ‘You will win the war’.  US, is a world important player to Afghanistan, but on geopolitical viewpoint, the US has less responsibility in ensuring security in future. In fact, the neighboring countries should further cooperate with Afghanistan in fighting terrorism.
The US greatest challenge in Afghanistan is forming a real coalition, where the leaders make effort for a secure and stable country so the government be self-reliant and can defend itself lonely.
Besides, Russia’s interferences to Afghanistan and its cooperation with the Taliban have seriously concerned the international allies, particularly the US. The Russians will never forget what they have experienced in Afghanistan in the past. This is while that recently, some media said that Russia has close relations with Taliban and even supports them. However, no proof is existed to show that Russia provides weaponries to the Taliban. But, Russia will have diplomatic relations with Taliban so to use them in fighting Daesh. Vice versa, Russia cannot ignore future of Afghanistan, because it is located in its southern borders and it fears for influence of terrorist groups, particularly the Daesh in its soil.
Lailuma Noori
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Custom officials of Ministry of Finance at Hamed Karzai International Airport (HKIA) arrested a man accused of transferring illegal money. The accused who skillfully wanted to transfer 23000 Swiss francs, 238700 USD, 141500 Indian Rupee and 95910 Euro from New Delhi to Kabul Contrary to Article VII of the Law on Combating Money Laundering was arrested at Hamed Karzai International Airport.
The obtained money by Customs Officials of Ministry of Finance given to Da Afghanistan Bank and the case is under further investigation by Judicial Organs. The High Authorities of Ministry of Finance pursued special plans and measures to prevent trafficking into and out of the country that have had better and positive impacts.
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Mr. Shubham Chaudhary, director of the World Bank for Afghanistan in his office yesterday.
They discussed regarding of Brussels Conference Action Plan, Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) future Strategy, Revenue Increment and Cooperation on developing project. At the end, it is decided that Brussels Conference Action Plan should be discussed with details on the steering committee meeting of donors. The World Bank Director reaffirmed of its support to the Brussels Conference Action Plan.  According to another report, Eklil Hakimi, the Minister of Finance also met with Mr. Mohammad Reza Bahrami, Islamic Republic of Iran Ambassador for Afghanistan in his office yesterday. They discussed regarding the Memorandum of Understanding draft of Petroleum between Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan and Minister of Petroleum of Iran, Banking Cooperation between two countries, 4th line of Khawaf-Herat Railway, and Renovation of 30km Abu Nasr Farahi Road, Tax Affairs and other relevant issues.
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Elders, influenced figures and local dignitaries including people’s council of Kabul’s 500 Family area shared their environmental problems with special envoy to president on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Masoud and asked for solution of the problems.
In the meeting, they enumerated lack of drinking water, equipped and standard schools, lack of health clinics and hospitals, unemployment of youth and graduates as key environmental problems of the area and asked for addressing the respective problems. After hearing the problems, special envoy to President on reforms and good governance promised that their problems would be addressed through relevant government institutions.
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by second vice president Sarwar Danesh, the 4th session of joint coordinating committee of security and safety of journalists and media was held yesterday.
In the session, four issues of reviewing violence cases in previous years, modality of creating and selecting members of provincial committees, complaint of a number of media organizations from procedure of the committee and the government as well as procedure of journalists support fund were discussed and assessed and necessary decisions were made in this regard. In the session, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture delivered the session report and violence cases against journalists in 2016.
According to the report, 101 violence cases were registered against journalists in 2016. Meanwhile, a representative of attorney general office delivered the session report of addressing nine violence cases against journalists and asserted that a number of the cases were under investigation and judicial phases and perpetrators of violence against journalists would be introduced to judicial organs after completion of the process.
 

Tuesday January 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has accepted credential of the Lithuanian non-resident ambassador to Kabul.
In a ceremony held yesterday on this occasion at presidential palace, the Lithuanian non-resident ambassador submitted his credential to President Ghani and extended good wishes of his country’s leading body to the President.
He assured that he would spare no efforts for expansion of relations and cooperation between Afghanistan and Lithuania. Praising the Lithuanian government for its cooperation particularly in framework of Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani stressed on further expansion of relations and cooperation between the two countries. The country’s President further said that Lithuania had considerable experiences in various sections in particular electronic governance; therefore, he wanted a technical team from Afghanistan to pay a visit to Lithuania to evaluate cooperation and making use of the respective country’s experiences. Afterwards, the Lithuanian non-resident ambassador to Kabul assured of cooperation in this regard and said that his country was ready to host Afghanistan technical team and shared its experiences in various sectors in particular electronic governance.
 

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